New Leotards!

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My Mentor was super nice and gave me two of her leotards she no longer uses!

They are mediums and I was worried they would be a little baggy but since regaining weight after Nutcracker they fit wonderfully! They don’t feel oppressively tight like my current leotards which are all smalls. Not to mention since a lot of the noticeable weight gain has been in the chest region, I don’t look like I’m falling out of these leotards, lol.

The cap sleeve is super comfy and made by Capezio, while the princess seam camisole is by Mirella.

My Mentor will bring some more to me to borrow for my intensive. It’s super of her to do this. Saves me a lot of money that I’m already spending for room and the intensive itself.

Also, wanted to mention that as a very string bean-y girl all my life it’s been extremely hard to reach a weight of 3 digits. When I went to get my X-rays earlier this month I weighed in at 112lbs. It has been my goal to weight at least 110lbs, and I’m so excited that I reached it healthily!

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo : A Review

I love the Trockaderos!! They are an all male group of ballet dancers who take on both male and female rolls with a bit of comedy slapdash-ed in their acts. I got to see them on May 17, a Friday at the University of Washington campus at Meany Hall. I brought a friend along who hadn’t seen them before, let alone heard of them until I mentioned them.

Previously I had seen the Trockaderos in Tacoma at another theater that I happen to forget the name of at this time… My Husband had arranged for us to have a balcony seat with a nice view of the stage. They were very fun to watch for the first time.

What I like about Meany Hall, and being my first time there, the stage was so close to the audience. No doubt they could see a lot of faces in that completely sold out audience. Meany Hall was probably built in the early 60s, can you imagine it’s hey day with people in bold shift dresses and bouffant hair? Or better yet hippie university students? I would love to see historical photos of that! But I digress… The venue was nice for how close we were, though our far off seating was a win/lose situation. Close enough to the end to make a quick escape, being the end everyone who hadn’t seated yet in the middle had to get by us. There were no other aisles for people to use. We were a little far off from the stage where if they dancers started upstage corner we couldn’t see until they started going across. So a lot of entrances were lost on us unfortunately. Food and drinks were available. Everything from sweets to sandwiches and wraps. Beer, wine, soft drinks, etc. were also available and you could also reserve a drink for intermission, which there were 3, about 10-15 min long. Seating was comfortable, I didn’t even think too much of it so it must’ve been nice for me not to notice.

The night’s line up was Act II of Swan Lake, a very popular act for them to open with. Pas De Deux announced as Don Quixote and Go For Barocco. We also got the Dying Swan act as well as Walpurgis Night, a ballet I wasn’t familiar with which included fauns, nymphs and maidens.

Act II of Swan Lake would be my second showing since I saw it last year when I saw them for the first time. They were different dancers, but it was the same idea and wonderful. You couldn’t help but grin as a whole bunch of buff men, even one with chest hair heavily evident above the scoop neck of his leotard, start fronting like a street gang in an alley then to later start miming like their chickens with heads pecking. It was classic Trockaderos.

Pas De Deux of Don Quixote was my absolute favorite!! To know how physically hard it is to balance in attitude en pointe, and for a man it is extremely hard! That’s why it’s such a pleasure to watch men perform en pointe, and the Trockaderos especially, is that they train religiously like any company. They have high standards, and they’re fabulous and meticulous. While I found the PNW ballet to be loud and squeaky at their own stage. The guys barely made any thunking, minimal squeaks, and walked lighter and ran lighter than any female dancer I’ve heard. Men’s center of gravity is also higher than a woman’s causing them to struggle harder with balance, except these guys have it down. Not only that, but the essence of beautiful port de bras, beautiful back muscles, just beautiful everything! I’d love to be taught by them!

This is a video of Mikhail and Lyudmila in 1968 which is pretty much the same performance PDD the Trockaderos performed:

They were fabulous, and what was worse was that no one was applauding their mad skills! It made me SO angry. When you think someone deserves applause you give it to them!! Their PDD totally left me with my jaw on the floor.

Go for Barocco I had also seen at the first show in Tacoma. It’s a fun and technically complex piece I think has original choreography by George Balanchine but is Choreographed by Peter Anastos. Explained by the night’s program as ” Stylistic heir to Balanchine’s Middle-Blue-Verging-On-Blac-and-White Period, this ballet has become a primer in identifying stark coolness choreosymphonic delineation in the new(neo) neo-new classic dance. It has been called a wristwatch for Balanchine clock-time.” The way they run in that performance is just so much fun and silly. It’s another wonderful piece. Symphonic music is not easy to dance to. Mad props to them.

The Dying Swan is also a trademark Trockadero, with white feathers falling from the tutu and the poor manly Odette begging death or god to not taker her life. In a final throw, feathers stick to her hand in annoyance and collapses shortly after still graceful while earlier collapsing like roadkill.

As I said earlier, Walpurgis Night was new to me but appears to be a Russian classic. Usually their final act is far more serious and technically just as awesome. It’s a chance for them to perform without having to make too much humor and just shine as brilliantly as they are. It was well done, just not engaging of a ballet personally so I don’t remember it too well.

Even as the curtain comes up for the final time we got a river dance performance! They are SO fantastic.

Overall the Trockaderos deserve to be seen, and any opportunity given to you you should snap it up! I will be sure to see them again when they’re in town next and bring more and more friends along with me to enjoy them too. These men need to be ultimately recognized for their work which is tireless, grueling, and constant. They should be paid more money and have a company as big as the Mariinsky!

Visit Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo for their performance schedule!

Recital time

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“Decompressing” my recital costume. It’s sad, the costumes always come looking like bags of cotton candy.

One of the ballet classes had swishy dresses so theirs was garment bags. They have purple butterfly wings and little golden bobbly antennae! Can’t wait to see this all come together.

Seriously…

It took me like 2 hours to do this Liebster thingy, as cool as it is and I love the idea, it takes a lot of time and work to spam everyone. Please don’t be offended if I say I do not wish to do any more. If you want to ask me 11 questions, or heck 100 you’re more than welcome to. I just don’t want everyone to jump through hoops for it all.

Today is Monday! My foot is healing with much rest, as well as much needed exercise to not make it stiff and lose too much strength.

I spent the weekend eating out, and enjoying the new summer block busters, i.e.. Star Trek! You may also have noticed I got to watch the Trockaderos! I will make a review of them tomorrow, or tonight to post tomorrow. Either way, I saw them, they were fantastic, and I’ll continue to see them again every time they’re in town!

Heads up to you Pennsylvania folks, I’ll be visiting for a week long stint in October! My friend is getting married there in her home state. I may be able to swing a class there (I’d LOVE TO) as well as see the ABT! If any of you lovely people would love to meet/coffee/dance/talk I’d love to do it!

I’ll be visiting Las Vegas in July and plan on visiting a Capezio store there for some pointe shoes! Husband and I will also be vacationing for our anniversary in August at Disneyland!!! I have no plans for classes in Anaheim at this time. None in Vegas at this time either.

Do you guys have any plans or dancecations your planning for this year?

Liebster Award!

I was nominated 3 times by 3 different people! Technically I was nominated another time by Legal Ballerina but I kinda forgot. I am bad. Anyways, to make up for it, I will answer all 3 questionnaires and then happily spam nominate some people I have these weird feelings for.

RULES

“From what I’ve learned about The Liebster Award, it’s a way to recognize blogs who have less than 200 followers.  Liebster is a German word that means beloved and valued.

Here are the rules for accepting the award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.
  2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  4. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.
  5. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate and include links to their blogs.
  6. Go to each bloggers page and let them know you have nominated them.”

THANK YOU :

backtofirstposition” , for nominating me, she is a lovely and highly motivated lady just waiting to get kicked in the pants when ballet starts in the fall for her!

Legal Ballerina” , nominating me TWICE, she’s a little fire ball that one.

and

Kristen from Adult Ballerinaproject, our graduating little journalist! Go get ’em tiger!

11 random facts about me…this is so awkward…

1) I’ve been with my Husband for 13/14 years… the years are starting to meld together, but we were married in 2011. So our marriage is young, but our relationship is steadfast and strong ;D

2) I refer to myself “mathtarded”. At least I’m basically trained in it- I do not build bridges or buildings. Only bridges of rainbows and sparkles to my friendship!

3) I’m quirky and sarcastic.

4) I have 3 older siblings.

5) I love Kermit the frog but have NO memorabilia of the poor guy.

6) Pink and red are a few of my favorite colors.

7) I have scissors for cutting paper, and scissors for cutting fabric (it’s a sewing thing)

8) Of the 28 years of my life I haven’t been with out a cat.

9) I used to work for the Apple store! NO, I don’t know how to fix your problem!

10) I’m like a baby bird, I always need to be fed. I always want to just open my mouth and someone feed me good things! Why can’t this happen?! Always, so hungry ;.;

11) I love sparkly/metallic silver shoes

Questions from BtFP:

  1. Why did you start writing your blog? I like sharing on the internet. I also wanted to encourage all this adult dancers in the woodwork to come out and read about them too!
  2. What is the most fun thing for you about your blog? Sharing the things I get to do with people who may not have that opportunity but want to read about it or maybe get the courage to try it themselves.
  3. How much time do you spend on your blog weekly? Hmm, not enough, I’m trying to work on that.
  4. What is your happiest memory? Extremely giddy exchanging vows with my Husband.
  5. Can you drive a stick shift? Learned to drive in one- so heck yea lady!
  6. Can you pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time? YES!
  7. What has surprised you the most about having a blog? That people sought help and answers from people with experience to little experience. Any type of valid information possible, they wanted to lap it up like a kitten drinking milk.
  8. What was the last movie you saw? The new Star Trek one!
  9. What is your favorite ballet? I like particular codas of ballets, not complete ballets. Also I haven’t seen many. I do like to make fun of Giselle though, but I still have feelings for the “idea” of hurt and etc… but I like to make fun of it none the less. Sew some wild oats you silly man!
  10. Who is your favorite ballet dancer? Too many to name… but all the girls I teach and dance with are my favorite dancers!
  11. Can you do the splits? Yes and no. There were times in my Nutcracker performance that I know I was on the ground. A mix of adrenaline and being extremely warmed up and stretched got me there. But with laxness I have gone back to my pre nutcracker ability. So close and so far… :/ hrmph.

Legal Ballerina Questions :

1) Favorite movie • Zoolander is up there with the Princess Bride and many… especially ones with Bruce Willis in it.
(2) Describe your most embarrassing moment • I have embarrassing moments frequently…worst is I’m trying to think of one and nothing is coming to mind- PASS! Apparently my inability to spell Liebster correctly.
(3) What is your DREAM pet (be creative people!) • a pygmy chameleon! I think they’re adorbs! OOH AND A SLOTH! I WANT A SLOTH DOESN’T MATTER HOW MANY TOES!
(4) If you could choose another occupation (and not worry about school or brains or yadda yadda yadda), what would you be? Event Planner
(5) Name the super power you have. (Yes, you have a super power. Think….) Observation ability! I observe like no other.
(6) If you could look like anyone, who would it be???? I think I would want to know what it would be like to be Michael Clarke Duncan for a day. He used to give money to people on the street who could say his full name. I miss that big lug!
(7) Name your favorite (current or past) Boy Band. (The men I nominated has to answer this question too!) I guess it would have to be the Backstreet Boys, though I’d like to say Red Hot Chilli Peppers…
(8) Favorite color and what does it remind you of? Burgundy : deep, passion, strong, glowing… and my birthstone is garnet.
(9) Would you ever shave your head for a good cause? Yes.
(10) How many jacket do you own? Not enough.
(11) Clear your mind….Now tell me what is the first word that pops into your mind. Popcorn because you said “pops”.

ABP’s Questions:

  • Why did you start blogging? See above
  • If you were stuck on a desert island and could only bring 3 items, what would you bring? My Husband and I used to do similar questions like this when we were dating but it involved a spider in a pink tutu on the island with you frequently… Umm…A shovel, Hop on Pop Dr. Seus book, survival kit or a hammock.
  • What is the significance of your blog title? Well, thanks and kittens… It’s not super significant, but if I could I’d say thanks and give kittens.
  • What are your other hobbies? Reading, thrift shopping, vintage sewing, sewing, cooking and baking, watching movies.
  • What are your summer plans? Going to my Summer Intensive after classes are over, going to Vegas, then… relax?
  • What is your favorite fruit or vegetable? Strawberries for fruit, zucchinis and… lotsa vegetables honestly.
  • Who is one celebrity you are dying to meet, alive or dead? Jennifer Lawrence because she’s awesome and Raul Julia. Alternatives would be Michael Keaton and Angelina Jolie.
  • If you could  change to any career, what would it be? See above (Event Planner)
  • What is your favorite animal, and why? Felines… they are integral to my upbringing.
  • If you had to give up a form of social media, which one would you give up? FACEBOOK.
  • If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? SOUP!

Questions for others :

  1. If you could ride any animal fictional/dead/alive what would it be?
  2. If money was no problem, where would you vacation in the world first?
  3. Do you like sparkly things?
  4. Can and will you draw me a picture?
  5. If you have to fart in public how do you go about doing it? a) crop dust b) go into seclusion c) blame it on the innocent
  6. If sharks could talk, like in Finding Nemo, and you only got one question, what would it be?
  7. If you were asked to perform a dance in space, would you?
  8. What are your favorite barre/floor combinations?
  9. If you could slap a celebrity for their idiocy, which one(s)?
  10. Salad dressing on or on the side?
  11. Glass half full or empty?

I tag :

Now don’t tag me back!